I've been seeing lots of medical personnel recently, what between the LASIK and my annual physical (the cholesterol count for which I was absolutely scolded!)
When I read this press release we sent out from earlier in the week, though, it made me realize how lucky I am to be able to get in my car and drive down the street or highway to see my doctors.
On the island of Tristan da Cunha, more than 1,665 miles west of Cape Town, South Africa, it's not quite so easy.
In a recent partnership between IBM, Beacon Equity Partners, MedWeb, the University of Pittsburgh, and the Government of Tristan da Cunha, the players involved are trying to make a trip to the doctor just a wee bit more convenient.
The remote telemedicine solution combines medical equipment, satellite communications, and remotely supported electronic health records that allow medical experts from anywhere in the world to assist island clinicians with medical diagnosis and emergency support.
You can learn more about this novel approach to remote medicine here.